U.S. Presidential politics

New York News
12:32 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

NY Legislature Approves "National Popular Vote" Bill

Credit nationalpopularvote.com

New York lawmakers have approved a bill that would enter the state in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an agreement to award electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the majority of the popular vote.

Proponents of the National Popular Vote initiative believe that the Electoral College, in place since the first days of  the nation, is not the best way to elect a president.

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New York News
12:13 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

New York State Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy - Opting Out Of The Electoral College

Patricia Fahy

After the 2000 presidential election which saw Al Gore win the popular vote, but George Bush win the White House, there was an outcry by some to get rid of the Electoral College.  A bill to change that system has just cleared the New York State Assembly.  

The measure is being supported by Albany area Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, a Democrat, who says the bill would have New York join an interstate compact in which states would give all of their Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote nationwide. Fahy spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

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WAMC News
12:32 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Obama's second inauguration: What's the point?

The crowd at President Barack Obama's second inaugural address
Credit Sally Mairs

As the buzz surrounding President Obama’s second inauguration grew, so did talk over the point of celebrating the ceremony for a second time. Some asked whether this was a necessary tradition, or simply a costly affair that was inappropriate for such tough economic times.

Yet an estimated one million people chose to travel to the nation’s capital to see the ceremony on Monday—often standing from a distance where nothing could be seen—and those that I spoke with had no trouble explaining to me why the ceremony was important to them.

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Vox Pop
1:00 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Vox Pop : Open Forum - Inauguration Day : 1/21/13

President Barack Obama
Credit Nick Knupffer / Flickr

President Barack Obama was inaugurated today to his second and final term in office.

On this edition of Vox Pop we want to hear your take on the president’s second inauguration and what you hope a second Obama term will mean for the country.

Post your questions and comments below to have them read on-air. You can also post your questions on our Facebook page or tweet us @WAMCVoxPop.

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Vox Pop : Open Forum - President Obama's Press Conference : 11/14/12

On this edition of Vox Pop - what did you think of President Barack Obama's first press conference since his reelction? WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Vox Pop : Open Forum - Election Day : 11/6/12

On this edition of Vox Pop, how is your Election Day going? WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts with WAMC's Ray Graf.

WAMC News
12:50 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Jim Shea - High School Mock Presidential Election

If high school students could vote, President Barack Obama would sail to an easy re-election. A mock vote was held at 130 high schools across the country, and on Sunday night, the votes were counted. Obama received 50 percent of the vote and 316 electoral votes, while Mitt Romney took 41 percent of the popular vote, and 208 electoral votes. This mock election has been held every four years since 1988. It was organized by Jim Shea a teacher at Northfield-Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. He spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

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Commentary & Opinion
11:59 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Paul Elisha: Protecting the most precious of rights

Ever since the first American hostages of church-state confederacy resolved to sever themselves from authoritarian domination by coalitions of royalty and its religious authenticators, self-styled advocates have attempted to influence the form of our newly-won freedom.  Prompted by profit oriented off-shoots of the original order, they have invariably prodded their quarry to cede autonomy for the assurance of corporate stability and significance.  Their lucre-amplified logic?  Fiduciary federation provides the most dependable source of freedom.  What they’ve blithely and intentionally over

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Politics
10:10 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Boss Rove by Craig Unger

The 2012 presidential contest between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney represents the comeback of GOP boss Karl Rove, according to Vanity Fair investigative reporter Craig Unger. He joins us to discuss his new book, Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Vox Pop : Open Forum - The Final Presidential Debate : 10/23/12

Last night marked the final presidential debate before Election Day in a mere two weeks. On this edition of Vox Pop we ask, who won the final debate? WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

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